By: Gary L. Hutchens
The apostle John wrote: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life…” (1 Jn. 5:13). What a wonderful assurance! A follow-up question would be, “but on what basis can I truly know that I am saved?” The standard John gave was “you who believe in the name of the Son of God.” But many people intellectually believe in Jesus while not living faithfully to Him. Jesus stated, “If you love Me, keep My commandments,” the sense being, “if you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (Jn. 14:15). Obviously, obedience plays a vital part in what John describes as believing in the name of the Son of God.
Gary L. Hutchens